If I were out there right now, I would definitely want to be one of the first to take pics of these.
MANILA, Philippines - A French-led marine expedition team believes it has discovered thousands of new species of mollusks and crustaceans around a Philippine island, officials and scientists said Monday.
Some 80 scientists, technicians, students and volunteers from 19 countries surveyed the waters around Panglao island, 390 miles southeast of Manila from 2004-05.
"Numerous species were observed and photographed alive, many for the first time, and it is estimated that 150-250 of the crustaceans and 1,500-2,500 of the mollusks are new species," said a statement from the expedition team, which was led by Philippe Bouchet of the French National Museum of Natural History.
"However, it requires a thorough comparison with all previously named species to ascertain if a novel species is indeed new to science," it added. "This is a slow and tedious process."
On Monday, the Panglao Marine Biodiversity Project turned over to the Philippine National Museum more than a hundred holotypes or representative specimen of the rare finds, officials said.
The expedition team said its survey revealed over 1,200 species of decapod crustaceans — a group that includes crayfish, crabs, lobsters and shrimps — and some 6,000 species of mollusks.
Other new species found.
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#2. "RE: You Filipinos better get to this!!!" | In response to Reply # 0Mystic Basic MemberFri 09-Feb-07 12:58 AM
yep, it was in the news a couple of days ago! i've been to panglao in bohol 4 years ago & it's not as crowded as the popular boracay island, and yet one can do so many things there: scuba diving, dolphin-watching, island-hopping to balicasag & pamilacan, etc.
#3. "RE: You Filipinos better get to this!!!" | In response to Reply # 2tinik Registered since 27th Apr 2006Fri 16-Feb-07 05:56 AM
The best thing about Panglao is it is just 30 minutes away from the airport. If you plan to visit the Philippines, Bohol is one of the must see places right now. Its a tourist haven for all the amenities are available and a lot of places to visit like their old churches, lighthouses, the tarsier and chocolate hills.